On this fine Monday we had the honor of a guest speaker - Miss Horan, from the guidance office. She reminded us of the upcoming PSATs (Practice SATs). Students must sign up in the guidance office no later than Friday, October 9th. Registration costs $16, if I remember correctly, and the test will be given here at CHS on October 17th at 7:30am. Students need the following:
(PARENTS: this benefits your "child" because schools tend to look at PSAT scores for students who qualify for scholarships to determine if the scholarship will actually be given. Another benefit is that students practice for the upcoming SATs.)
Students have homework due today - the vocabulary sentences for "To Build A Fire" by Jack London. You don't have to complete the other side of the worksheet; we'll do that in class.
I met some of your parents yesterday. Now I can see where you all get your fabulous looks and your gregarious personalities. (Do you know what that means? Look it up on dictionary.com.) This weekend you do not have any homework, but today we had some class work to do.
*Discuss the short story "A&P".
*Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the Sammy's decision. Why?
*Find literary elements in the story.
*Search and find HOW the author played with our minds. What did he do to make this story powerful?
*Find examples of great wording. If you were the writer, which phrases would make you most proud?
Have a great weekend. See you Monday.
Today we took our final literary terms quiz - for a while. If you feel like you did not do well on these quizzes, please learn to STUDY. See blogs below for hints. If you still can't get the grade you want, I suggest coming to me or another adult for study skill help. (Mr. Cashman and Mrs. Crawford ROCK at this.)
Tomorrow we will have open house. This means that parents and guardians will be able to come to school and go to a really shortened version of your classes. It also means you get to have a half-day. Periods 1,2,3,4 will be run, then you will be allowed to go home around 10:15 or so.
PARENTS, your schedule goes like this:
1st period - 6:00p-6:15p
2nd period - 6:20p-6:30p
3rd period - 6:35p-6:45p
4th period - 6:50p-7:00p
5th period - 7:05p-7:15p
6th period - 7:20p-7:30p
7th period - 7:35p-7:45p
8th period - 7:50p-8:00p
9th period - 8:05p-8:15p
When your child would normally have a lunch period or study hall, you may wander around the school or visit our cafeteria. But don't worry - there will be no bland school lunches on the menu Thursday evening. You get ice cream served by our administrative staff. (Stop by to meet our new vice-principal; I bet you'll like her.)
During this day, you can also schedule parent/teacher conferences with me or any other teacher if you'd like. Of course, the BEST option is to stay in contact with us throughout the year and keep up-to-date with your child and his/her homework on a daily basis. If you would like to contact me, just click the CONTACT INFORMATION link above. You can send me an email there or you can call me at school any time.
Have a great night. I hope to see the parents and periods 1-4 tomorrow!
BTW- Here is a website explaining how to boost your immune system during this cold and flu season.
Tomorrow is picture day! We will come into class and get organized before we go down to the auditorium for pictures. So I expect to review lit. terms with you if we get to come back to the classroom.
"But, Miss White, why do we have to review lit terms???" you ask.
That is SUCH a good question. It's because we are going to have a QUIZ MONDAY. Please STUDY the following:
*Inside the Text
Your next quiz is soon to follow, so don't slack off.
Have a great weekend. NewsChannel9 says that there will be lots of sunshine on Saturday and Sunday, so enjoy!
Today you got back your quiz grades for yesterday's quiz on Poetry Terms and Writing Philosophies (isms). When I was grading them, I realized that some of you need to learn to STUDY the material before a quiz. Suggestions for a good (but short) study session:
**Go to a place where people are not going to bother you.
**Turn off the sounds around you the best you can. (Maybe this involves closing a door or turning off the iPod.)
**Copy the information onto note cards can help because the info is going into your brain while you're writing.
**Find little memory helps that make sense to you when you try to recall the information.
**Ask someone to quiz you on the information.
**If there is a particular teacher who seems to explain concepts to you better, ask that teacher for study suggestions.
We also took more notes today. Check out the SHORT STORY page (above) for a copy of the PowerPoint from class.
Have a good night. I'll see you tomorrow!
It's been a good week, but an exhausting one. Most of you were dragging a little today, but I can't blame you. The first week is always a challenge because we have to get used to having rigid schedules again.
This week in class, we:
*learned the class word for www.mygradebook.com (get your passwords in class).
*took notes on the rules of the room.
*took a quiz on the rules of the room; check grades online.
*created four labeled tabs in our binders - Basics, Literature, Research, Writing.
*began taking notes on literary elements, also known as literary terms.
Have a great weekend!